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HOW TO HOST A WORDPRESS BLOG & MAKE YOUR FIRST PUBLICATION

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Running a blog can be tedious and time-consuming but it is even worse for a novice who knows little or nothing about the operation.

Though hosting websites and running blogs have become easier and simple to launch, it does not elude the normal technicalities associated with the operations. However, when it comes to blogs, some scripts have become so sophisticated that using them can make your blogging experience easier and successful even without any knowledge of software coding/editing.

Among the sophisticated scripts available for blogging, the most sophisticated and widely used script is WordPress.

WordPress has grown to become the world’s number blog website hosting script and has extended its usefulness beyond blogging to the hosting of eCommerce store, companies’ websites, as well as other sorts of websites.

Backed with sophisticated plugins made available from numerous programmers and developers around the World, WordPress stands tall against other competitive scripts when it comes to hosting and running blogs.

Besides, the inclusion of thousands of plugins in the script, the recent upgrades in WordPress had made it possible for the script to upgrade itself automatically and equally upgrade all the plugins installed in it automatically.

As an administrator, you have the option of setting auto-upgrade to the script as well as the installed plugins or you allow it to operate with a manual method of upgrading which means no upgrade will occur until you click the required button for it to occur.

This post will be showing you how to host and run the WordPress script if you intend to start up a blog. Here are steps you need to follow:

  1. Visit a website hosting company’s website and signup for a hosting account. Examples are iPage.com, Namecheap.com, bluehost.com, etc.
  2. Choose the right plan you can afford from the list of available plans on the website.
  3. Formulate a unique domain name suitable for the niche of the blog you want to run.
  4. Text the availability of the domain name. If the domain name is not available you have to change it or make some changes to it. If the domain name is available for purchase, go ahead and pay for it.
  5. After paying for the domain name registration, you have to also pay the hosting fee to the hosting company you have chosen. The cost of the fee depends on the duration and monthly cost of the hosting. Each hosting company has its own unique plan and price tag as well as packages in each plan.
  6. After making the necessary payments, contact the hosting firm with the evidence of your payments and wait for their feedback.
  7. In less than 24hours, you will receive a confirmation of the payment and login details to your hosting accounts. The hosting account gives you access to the cPanel of your website and other important properties.
  8. With access to your hosting account, you can log in to your cPanel or you can possibly log in to your cPanel through a direct URL.
  9. While on the cPanel, locate the Softaculuos app and open it.
  10. Once the Softaculuos App opens, you will see a list of scripts arranged vertically on the left corner. The arrangement is according to their suitable functions.
  11. Move your mouse to the button bearing ‘Blog’ as a title. Click on it to unveil the list of script options available on it.
  12. The first on the list is the ‘WordPress’ script. Click on it to unveil the installation option.
  13. Once it opens, make all the necessary settings on the page before installing the script. For example, if your domain is mydomain.com, and you want WordPress to be the only script making up your website, then in the area written ‘Directory’ in the second row remove the ‘WP’ suffix after your domain name.
  14. You should also change the default domain URL SSL from ‘HTTP://’ to ‘HTTPS://’.

Now you have successfully installed your WordPress script on the root directory of your file manager. The installation automatically creates a database for the script. This simply means that you do not need to do any other work on the script rather than to login to the script dashboard, make customization work and make your first publication.

Follow the steps below to make your first publication on the WordPress script:

Follow your administrator URL to login into the script dashboard. The URL will look like: https://mydomain.com/wp-admin/

While on the dashboard, click on the “New” button located on the top menu and select the “Post” button to open the classic editor or the block editor for your first publication. A red arrow indicates the location of the button on the dashboard in the image below.

You can alternatively locate the “Post” button on the left vertical menu of the dashboard. Once you click the button, click on the “Add New” option to launch your default editor and make your first publication. The image above has a red arrow indicating the location of the ‘Add New’ button on the dashboard.

When the editor opens, add the title of your post to the first row labeled ‘Add New Post’ as indicated by the red arrow in the image above.

Below the row, is an open text space where you can write the content of your post. Space is indicated with two red arrows one is pointing downward while the other is pointing upward.

You can use the “Add Media” button to upload and include pictures or videos into your post. The button is located below the ‘Title’ row.

After adding the content of your post, select or make a category for it, insert a tag for the post, and hit the “Publish” button located on the right vertical menu on the page (Desktop view).

After the publication has been carried out, click the “View Post” button to view the post you have just published. If something is wrong with the post, you can make changes on the editor and hit the “Update” button to effect the changes you have made.

 

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